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Online Course Review Checklist

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Checklists that can be used to review online courses formatively, during the design of an online course, or summatively, to do a formal course review after an online course has been designed. It can also be used after the delivery phase to inform revisions to improve online course quality.

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Online Course Review Checklist

  1. 1. Online Course Review Checklists: Background,BestPracticesand Tips Getting Outside Feedback and Making Revisions This step is about reviewing, getting feedback, and making final revisions to your course. In addition to doing your own walk-through, you can use checklists to review, revise, and finalize your course. (On the pages that follow, you will find some checklists to help you or your external reviewers with your formative evaluations.) Having someone with a fresh perspective review your course is an excellent way to refine your materials. You may also want to get a colleague or student to review your course on the web and give you additional feedback. Gather feedback on structure, sequence, pacing, amount of work required, presentation, instructions, and design of learning activities. Based on your own review and any other feedback you receive, make the final revisions to your online course. Editing, evaluation, and revision during the development phase of your course An integral part of the design stage of your course development process is the evaluation and revision of your course modules. If possible, and as time permits, you may want to have an outside reviewer such as a colleague or expert in the field, and/or an instructional designer review your course. They can give you very valuable feedback about issues such as content accuracy, technical quality and functionality, user acceptability and usability, and issues associated with actually implementing and using the instruction. Whether you use a reviewer or not, it is important for you to evaluate and revise or refine the structure, materials, and activities in your course. The checklists in this handbook have been designed to help you evaluate, review, and pinpoint areas in need of revision or further development. Any reviews you do of your course should be done from the web. Review the instructions in Step 4 on how to preview your course from the web. IMPORTANT: One of the main differences between teaching online and teaching in a traditional classroom is that online instruction is essentially text-based. All of your course content, instructional materials, and learning activities (for both online and non-online activities) must be completely planned, designed, and laid out prior to the first day of class. Though this may make you feel initially constrained, paradoxically you’ll discover freedom and flexibility when you move to the delivery phase of teaching and managing your course. For example, if your course material requires flexibility, as in a Current Events course, you must plan for it and build it into the design of the course to make sure that the technology will function as planned and to have a consistent, comfortable, and well-organized environment for your students. Students should be well oriented to your course, the structure of the material presented, the scope of the course, the tasks and assignments involved, and the environment. Concurrent development and delivery of course sections is not advised. Note that during the design and development phases of your course, you can always edit, add to, restructure, redesign and change things. However, once you move to the delivery phase, any changes you make should be minor content changes. Do not attempt to redesign or make major design changes to the structure and function of your course as you are teaching it.
  2. 2. Written Assignment: Using Checklistsfor Online CourseReview A Module Walk-Through Checklist You can use this checklist formatively, that is, as a guide during the development of your modules. The items on this checklist represent best practices that can help you define and refine the elements of your online course and learning activities. Use this checklist to review and then revise each module of your course. To use the checklist, read through a module from the beginning and imagine that you are a student who is seeing the materials for the first time. (You can also give this checklist to an external reviewer to review your modules.) To check your course from the perspective of a student, be sure to use student-level access to view the module. Check the following: Information YES NO From the module overview, the kinds of activities that need to be completed are clear. I know what to do first. I know how long I have to complete all the activities and assignments in the module. I know when my assignments are due. There are clear instructions for every activity. It is clear to me how my work on assignments will be evaluated. Organization YES NO Course materials are logically (and sequentially) organized. There is a consistent structure applied to course modules, sections,and documents. The sequence of documents within each module is logical and clear. Module titles are meaningful and engaging. Module and page titles convey information about the activity or content,and function as advanced organizers for the course. Presentation YES NO Course pages and documents are easy to read in form or content. Course content is presented in an effective and engaging manner. Graphics and multimedia are used to optimally and efficiently convey,explain, support,and enhance specific instructional points.
  3. 3. Designing an Online Course and Becoming an Online Educator 3 Tone YES NO The tone of the course is inviting and engaging. The instructor speaks in the first person (I) and addresses me directly, in the second person (you). I have the sense that I am in a class community. The instructor seems accessible and interested. Complete or revise your course to address the list items checked “NO.”
  4. 4. Finalize Your ModulesChecklist The items on this checklist represent best practices that can help you define and refine the elements of your online course and learning activities. Use this checklist to finalize each of your modules. Once you have revised a module using the Module Walk-through Checklist (on previous page), use this checklist as your final step. Check the following: Accuracy YES NO The instructor seems accessible and interested. I proofread each document in the module. I spell-checked each course page, document, and attachment. Consistency YES NO The course module titles convey their instructional context in a clear, simple, engaging,meaningful, and logical manner. Organizational elements such as headings,subheadings,titles,and section titles are used to contribute to the organizational framework of the module in an instructionally meaningful way. Document titles are leveraged to convey contents in an instructionally meaningful way. I maintained a consistent first-person voice throughout the course. I addressed students in the second person consistently throughout the course. I used fonts,font sizes, and text color consistently throughout the course Page Layout YES NO I broke up and organized long documents to improve readability online. I eliminated/consolidated documents that were too short,redundant,or extraneous. I used headlines and sub-heads to improve clarity and readability of text. I used color and graphics/multimedia purposefully. Functionality YES NO I provided clear and complete instructions for students. I clearly set up the expectations for participation for each type of course learning activity. All pages,documents, attachments,forms, links, and buttons function as intended. I tested each link and URL and they all function as intended. Complete or revise your course to address the list items checked “NO.”
  5. 5. Designing an Online Course and Becoming an Online Educator 5 Student-levelWalk-through Checklist The items on this checklist represent best practices that can help you define and refine the elements of your online course and learning activities. Put yourself in the student's place and read each document in your course from that perspective. Start at the beginning and work your way sequentially through your course the way a student would. Remember to assume the role and perspective of the student and make note of any changes you would like to make. To check your course from the perspective of a student be sure to use student-level access to view the module. Check the following: General: YES NO I can tell what the course is and who the instructor is from the course home page. I know specifically where to begin and what to do first in the course from the course home page. The course provides course information documents that are easy to find when I enter the course for the first time and that provide course orientation and syllabus information, i.e., Welcome, Contact Information, How You Will Be Evaluated, My Expectations, Course Schedule, Your Next Steps. I was welcomed to the course by the instructor. I was provided with a course schedule of time frames and dates, and assignment due dates are clear and reasonable. The course provides a class community area. The course begins with an engaging ice-breaking activity. I know specifically what is expected of me in this course. I know specifically what I can expect from my instructor in this course. The course provides clear and measurable course learning objectives. The course provides an overview of each module. I am clear about how my work will be evaluated. I know how to contact my instructor. I know how to ask a question and/or get help. I know how to report a bug or a technical problem with the course. I have the opportunity to interact, collaborate, and/or reflect on my learning in this course.
  6. 6. For each assignment or learning activity: YES NO It is clear when each assignment is due. It is clear exactly what I should do or produce. It is clear how to complete and where to submit assignments. It is clear whether the completed assignment will be public or private. It is clear when and how the assignment will be evaluated, and when I can expect feedback. There are clear instructions on each document so that I know what to do, where to go, or what I should do next, or prior to each learning activity. There notes of encouragement or milestones written into the learning activity instructions when appropriate. Discussions/Interactions: YES NO The initial discussion/interaction document adequately sets up the topic and expectations for the interaction. The time frame and expectations for the discussion/interaction activity are clearly communicated. The length and nature of the responses are clearly communicated. The instructions state whether I should initiate a new discussion/interaction, lead the discussion/interaction, or respond to the provided main topic, responses, or both. I know how my participation in the discussion/interaction will be evaluated. Wrap up: YES NO I know how, where, and when I will receive my grades. The course provides activities to bring closure to the course. I have a way to provide feedback to the instructor on my experience in the course, the design of the course, etc. 
 Complete or revise your course to address the list items checked “NO.”
  7. 7. Designing an Online Course and Becoming an Online Educator 7 Peer Reviewer Checklist Below is a checklist that can be used by an external or peer reviewer to finalize the course before it goes live. Or, you can use this yourself to check your course from the perspective of a student. Be sure to use student-level access to be sure you see it from the perspective of the student. Check the following: YES NO The instructor's name, course title, and institution are prominently visible and correctly spelled on course home page. Read and Proof Course Information Area and Documents. YES NO These documents exist, are well explained, clearly visible, and free of errors: Welcome, Contact Information, How You Will Be Evaluated, My Expectations, Course Schedule, and Your Next Steps. There are no assignments or discussions in the course information area. Assignments should be moved to the first course module. The course information area is to present information only. Every course learning activity addresses a stated course learning objective. Every learning objective has a corresponding learning activity. Every learning activity has a corresponding mechanism to provide student feedback, an assessment, or an evaluation. Check "Other" Course Documents/Areas YES NO The instructor has provided a personal profile. The profile includes a picture or avatar. The instructor has posted an introduction to the class bulletin board. The instructor has posted the first class announcement, and it is clear and free of errors. Models of exemplary work for assignments and interactions are provided. Rubrics are used. There are no blank or incomplete documents posted (especially in the Course Information area and in modules 1-3)!
  8. 8. Verify the Views of the Course: YES NO Modules, activities, and course areas are labeled, numbered, or ordered correctly. Modules, documents, and course areas that should be visible to students as they enter the course are open. Automations to reveal or hide course sections and/or assignments are set to function correctly and at the intended and optimal dates and times. Read through the first 3 Modules: YES NO There are no errors of spelling or formatting. All URLs and links function as intended. When any course page, activity, area or element is referred to, you can find it (e.g., the instructor refers to the exact subject of a document, or label on a link, or button). It is clear how to ask a question from any page in the course. Proof Modules 1-3 YES NO Fonts used throughout the course are standard, consistent, and in readable point sizes for body text and headlines (recommended: 14/16 or 14/18 points). Bold or italic are used for emphasis rather than underline or color. Text colors are consistent, appropriate, and readable online. There are no spelling or formatting problems. The First Course Module YES NO The first Course Module contains an ice-breaking activity, for example, a self-test, or discussion, or assignment. NOTE: If course uses attachments, suggest that faculty have students test this out in a trial activity so they can work it out before the activity counts. The first Course Module gives an overview of the course. The first Course Module clearly tells students what to do/expect, step-by-step. First Discussion/Interaction Assignment YES NO The first discussion/interaction activity documents provide clear and accurate instructions for students: i.e., what to do, how to do it, when it is due, what its requirements are, and how it will be evaluated. The first discussion/interaction activities have the correct functionality for completing and submitting the assignments online, or there are instructions on how to submit the work.
  9. 9. Designing an Online Course and Becoming an Online Educator 9 The first discussion/interaction assignment works as intended. The first group activities or collaborations (if any) are clearly explained. First Written Assignment YES NO The first written assignment activity documents specify instructions for students: what to do, how to do it, when it is due, what its requirements are, and how it will be evaluated. The first written assignment activity has the correct functionality for completing and submitting the assignment online, or there are instructions on how to submit the work. The first written assignment works as intended. Complete or revise your course to address the list items checked “NO.”

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